- NORTH NIAS
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Description: A beautiful traditional building in the North Nias style. Traditional houses in the north of Nias Island differ from houses in the south; they are oval-shaped wooden building on stilts with steep, tall, thatched roofs. Like other Nias houses the walls are leaning outwards at an angle. Sections of the walls are open at the top, but barred horizontally with wooden poles. This allows good airflow as well as protection. The leaning angle allows the occupants an advantageous elevated position when defending the house against attackers. A wooden staircase leading up to a small covered veranda which serves as the entrance to the house. Inside the building there is a large living room, and three small bedrooms. This house is in very good condition and is one of the better examples of its kind in North Nias Regency. It is also very accessible, only 5 kilometers north of Lotu.
Access: Easy access in a village along a major thoroughfare. Travellers to the north-east corner of Nias usually drive past this house. From Lotu drive 5 kilometers northwards. It’s impossible to miss this house as it sits right next to the road on the left side in the middle of Lolofaoso village. Travellers from Sawo to Lotu will aslo drive past this house.
Indonesian name & location: Rumah Adat, Desa Lolofaoso, Kecamatan Lotu, Kabupaten Nias Utara.